Panasonic Solar Panels used in new Christchurch subdivision23rd February 2012     By: Panasonic Media

Panasonic HIT Photovoltaic Solar Panels will be fitted onto all 2200 homes in Christchurch's proposed Highfield subdivision, making it New Zealand's biggest solar community.

The 180-hectare site - between Redwood, Mairehau, Belfast and Marshland - is bigger than Hagley Park and was identified by Environment Canterbury as suitable for housing in 2009. Each  roof would have at least four thin photovoltaic panels, each generating 235 watts and weighing 15 kilograms.

The systems, consisting of both photovoltaic and hot-water panels, will supply about a quarter of a typical home's energy needs.

The panels will be fitted and installed by Nelson based firm, Solar City, with the first homes scheduled for completion by December 2012.

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